It has been said that designing a blog is easy, a-no brainer. Pick a template from the myriads out there all readily available on any platform and you’ll be good to go, right?
But popping images and text into an existing template will likely translate into another generic looking blog. And in today’s growing blogging industry, being just another sheep in the herd won’t do much for your traffic. Differentiating your blog from others in the same niche by creating a blog designed with a bit more character will turn you into the sheep they’ll remember.
Creating a stunning blog does not necessarily mean building your own layout from scratch. You can take advantage of a template, let it do most of the heavy lifting, and pair it with a thoughtfully designed header to start engaging your target audience. Use them to set the mood and visually communicate what your blog is all about. They don’t have to be terribly complex, just tailored to fit your blog beautifully. Below, we showcase 50 awesome blogs with headers that make great first impressions and feature great content.
The Everywhereist is a hysterical travel blog written by Geraldine, who travels often with her husband. It uses beautiful illustrations on its header and throughout the entire blog. The passport, globe, and film roll leave little room in your mind to doubt that you’ll be reading about adventures in other countries.
52 Weeks of UX is exactly that: a blog that writes about UX for 52 weeks. Its header is stark and simple but lets you know right away you’ll be reading about everything UX.
Opt for expressive type on white, like The Wanderlust Project. The blog also uses the typeface to keep itself cohesive, using it on headers and images that introduce new posts.
Another great example of type used to set the mood. The Socialite Family features families across the world who lead contemporary lifestyles. Their stories are presented using beautiful photography and content on a stark layout. Lovely, have a read.
Premium Pixels shares awesome design resources and tutorials. Its header features a cool pixel logo that changes on hover. Take a look, you might find useful mockups, UI element sets, or other resources for your next project as well.
The New Minimum is a digital magazine with a header featuring a thin, very minimal bar with just its name and current feature number.
Joy the Baker uses a colorful watercolor texture on her header, set on white with black type. It’s attractive and while it might not feature cupcakes or cake, the word “Baker” lets you know you’ll be reading about puffy nom noms.
I Am a Food Blog is obviously a food blog. It does something super cool not common among blogs. It uses a very thin nav bar and full screen images in a slider for a header. It’s a beautiful visual to land on and let’s be honest, the name is a total win.
Lark and Linen is an interior design blog using a textured script in its header. The entire blog is delicately beautiful, filled with great photography and awesome type pairings. Totally worth browsing through.
Keiko Lynn, another solid example of type and illustration used to create a great header.
Hello big and bold. Good Moods uses extra large type to open up. It’s refreshing and not overly common in the blog world.
The Five O’Clock Cocktail Blog uses a pattern in its header made up of the quintessential elements used for the recipes it shares: cocktail glasses. Try using a pattern like it and adding color. Try making a cocktail too.
Friend of Type crops its expressive title within its header, giving the page a little depth. The images it features are huge, great eye candy.
Hard to miss with big masterful imagery and a tasteful logo. Freude Von Freude features super cool people from around the world of different creative disciplines. It showcases gorgeous design and is packed with great content. Worth a read or two.
Good Design puts its logo front and center. Not a bad way to go if you have created an interesting mark for yourself or blog.
Floret Flowers collapses its header to leave just its navigation links visible once you scroll. A great way to let users focus on content after they dive in.
Give using an abstract mark instead of words or a logo in your header a shot. You might arrive at a modern, fresh solution like Defringe.
Homey Oh My! tells us what the blog is all about with a little play on words set in two great typefaces. Using a type combination instead of just one adds visual emphasis and fun to the header.
Harper and Haley combines its navigation bar with informative sliders featuring great images and tidy type. A great way to use your header to highlight new or interesting content.
Steer away from the common centered blog titles and try something like Lust For Life. The blog keeps its title at the top but flush left and sets it in dynamic type, FTW.
Lined and Unlined is Rob Giampietrlo’s personal archive, styled minimally, with plain text and an accent color at its header. It’s loaded with great content, super interesting to any designer out there.
Lauren Liess another classic and elegant design blog, features amazing content and stunning photography. It also offers you the ability to snag a thing or two. The blog uses a clean header on white, with its logo centered and nav links distributed on its sides.
Clean, simple and type oriented. A great header by design blogLa Dolce Vita.
Mine is Yours is extremely minimal, making no typographical distinctions between navigational items or even its title. In this case, less is definitely more.
Maiedae features a lovely piece of lettering on their header. It’s co-written by two best friends who host a great event, The Maiedae Mixer, in Atlanta.
Nice is hosted on Tumblr and uses a minimal header with navigation links at its footer. Short and sweet.
Panic Blog lets title sit alone in its header, straight to the point.
Little Green Notebook uses photorealistic imagery, placing its title on a little green notebook. Definitely feels like DIY and gives it a warm touch.
Super interesting header, eye catching and definitely original. Design Tripper is totally worth a read.
Storyboard is also hosted on Tumblr and integrates its header into its content. It makes heavy use of a grid to generate a layout and help users navigate.
My absolute favorite layout while building this showcase. Hands down the most interesting layout. How about no header for a header? Between Red and Toe is an awesome example of a blog that was carefully designed from the ground up. It also has sweet images and content featured on it. Have a look.
Simple and to the point. A beautiful minimalist header with the blog’s title set in an elegant script over its content. This Is Glamorous presents content from fashion to design to interiors. Worth eyeing over if you are into any of those things.
Vintage Revivals overlays its logo and blog title set in black on curated imagery. Using imagery in your header provides readers with an interesting alternative to the usual “title and links” blog header.
The Thirsty Wench uses an awesome piece that looks like it’s straight out of a comic book. The illustration is designed to work around the blog’s content: alcohol. Spend some time poking around it, you might find your next weekend masterpiece.
Check out The Rivet Press, featuring a super elegant header and sleek design throughout the entire blog. It uses a grid in its header to present pieces of content. Super interesting alternative and gorgeous design.
The Local Palate overlays a huge title on sliding images in its header to deliver an attractive, engaging, interesting layout. It has some great recipes just waiting to be tested and devoured.
Deaf Pigeon places its logo in black, centered and surrounded by navigational items in a light type weight and muted colors. An interesting way to create visual hierarchy through the use of contrast.
Decor8 uses its big, beautiful logo, dead center in its header. A great, simple and classic solution for blog headers.
The Chronicles of Her uses a script that seems to have been created with lipstick. Setting your title with text styled to align with your content is always a plus.
Another great example of a site with a header that avoids using different typefaces and uses space to create hierarchy instead. Ceeesk’s header is a great example of a contemporary header.
Car Crush lays its title on an expressive script, right above its opening post. It’s appropriately retro considering it presents mostly beautiful classic and collector cars.
If you have a mark that translates what you are all about as successfully as the Book Cover Archive’s, using it as the only element in the header is not a bad way to go.
70 Percent Pure is an awesome example of what you can achieve if you are going for a modern, clean, minimalist feel. Check it out.
My Baking Addiction uses a mark that combines textures and typefaces, set next to nav links. Simple and to the point.
Beauty Is Boring uses big, bold, black type in its header, set over its nav links. Clean and minimal. Give it a shot.
Using your header to share a bit of info about what kind of content your blog features can be a great idea, especially if it’s beautifully executed. 24 Ways, an “advent calendar for web geeks,” does just that over a rich purple color slightly textured.
A classic among type nerds, I Love Typography sets its title over a beautiful blue color block, here to close our list. Definitely worth following if you have a heart that yearns for awesome typography.
There you have it: 50 awesome blog headers from a myriad of industries and countries around the world. Hopefully the sample, made up of blogs that use different styles and techniques, will fuel your creative appetite and inspire you to create the next stunning header.
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